Breaking Velocity - "Growth can come from destruction”
Drama, Musical Theatre, Monologue, New Work - http://breakingvelocity.wordpress.com/
Leah Bradford-Smart September 13th, 2012
When I first read the flyer I thought that a life changing on the flip of a dime story would be a morose journey fueled by emotion and probably unashamedly highlighting a few taboo subjects along the way. So as I settled in for what I thought would be a less than humorous play, you can imagine my surprise when the stage erupted with the charismatic and charming Megan Phillips. Watch out - she performs a one-woman all singing all dancing upbeat and funky rendition of how a spilt second changed her life! I speak about her as if she was the character because she had such a firm grip of this character it could be her. However, I do not know if this is her story and I hope it is not as I do not want to take away from her character development. How a first impression can throw you in the wrong direction!
I was also a little pensive about the fact it was a one-person show, I have seen my fair share of slightly awkward one-handers and they are not good. But this is not one to worry about, Phillips handles the text, songs and dance with the professionalism and ease of a natural performer in her element, the time flies by and you are left wondering "What happens next?" I wanted to know more and I didn't want it to end... not because there was a major cliff-hanger but simply because I was just having such a good time (as was the rest of the audience). Such a shame it wasn't longer!
Overall, it's a great story excellently told. What could have been a lengthy diatribe about how terrible the world is was actually a joy to watch and listen too. Excellent characterisation and an engaging performer who had the audience rapt from the opening number! We laughed, cheered and rooted her along for the entire show. I don’t want to spoil the story, I want you to go and see it!